FA Cup Round 5: Wigan Athletic v Man City Preview

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Wigan Athletic v Man City

Monday, Feb 19 – 19:55pm

Wigan Athletic lost 2-0 to Blackpool in their last league fixture, and are now without a win in two competitive matches, following an impressive 16 game unbeaten run. The Latics have been in fine form in the FA Cup this season, beating Premier League sides Bournemouth and West Ham on the road to Round 5. Midfield ace Nick Powell has been the stand out figure for Wigan, and was the best player on the pitch during their recent FA Cup victory over West Ham. Manager Paul Cook will be hoping that both Powell and striker Will Grigg can make an impact tomorrow.

Man City earned a comfortable 4-0 win over FC Basel in their midweek Champions League game, and are now undefeated in their last seven competitive matches. Pep Guardiola is chasing every trophy available this season, and has fielded strong sides in each of Man City’s two FA Cup matches so far. City’s ever present danger man Sergio Aguero has hit top form over the last few weeks, scoring five goals in his last two matches.

What the stats tell us:

  • Tomorrow’s match marks the fifth meeting in the FA Cup between these two clubs, with Wigan winning each of the last two games.
  • The Latics have won each of their last six home matches in the FA Cup, with three of those wins coming against Premier League clubs (West Ham, Bournemouth, Crystal Palace).
  • Wigan have only lost one of their last 10 games in the FA Cup against top-flight clubs (W7 D2) – beating two Premier League sides this season.
  • Man City have kept clean sheets in each of their last five away matches in the FA Cup – last losing at Stamford Bridge in 2016.
  • Will Grigg has found the back of the net six times in his last five FA Cup games for Wigan – he is currently the top scorer in the competition.
  • Since making his debut in 2012, Sergio Aguero has scorer 16 goals in 17 matches in the FA Cup – three more than any other player in that time frame.
  • Raheem Sterling has been involved in nine goals across his last nine FA Cup matches (three goals, six assists).

Wigan have been a little off the boil in their last two matches; however, they’ve barely put a foot wrong in League One this season. The Latics have emerged as this season’s giant killers in the FA Cup, and having already knocked out two Premier League opponents, they will be confident of their chances today. Unfortunately for Wigan, Man City are level above everyone at the moment, and it’s hard to envision Pep Guardiola’s side losing out to a lower-league club. Man City to win, both to score.

Photos: Getty

Stats: Opta